Here Comes the Guide: A Checklist for Planning Your Small Wedding at Your Home

Planning for a wedding is a stressful and at times overwhelming venture. How could it not be when your big day is touted as the happiest day of your life? Let’s face it, that’s a lot of pressure on the bride and groom.

For these reasons, many couples are opting to have smaller weddings at their houses to bypass that added stress. If this sounds like your current situation, then take a look at this guide to help make your wedding day a breeze.

Get the small things sorted first.

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The first thing to start with for wedding planning is to get the details like the guest list and wedding date figured out. Since you know you’re having the wedding at your home, the number of guests is totally up to your personal space or intimate requirements.

For example, maybe you only want to invite close family members making it a smaller ceremony and reception. If this is the case, go through the line of family and friends and get your list sorted so you can send out save the dates and eventually invites to your recipients.

Focus on the necessities within your home.

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If you plan on holding your wedding ceremony and reception on the outside of your home, then it’s highly likely you’ll want to have it in the summer since many won’t want to stand outside during the winter. Since you’re having the big day at your home, the guests may need to use your bathroom throughout the night, or if it’s indoors, guests will want to be comfortable inside.

Make sure that your HVAC system is up to date by keeping these four signs you should replace your HVAC this summer in mind on your wedding checklist. It’s worthwhile to make an appointment with HVAC professionals who will help your system work properly for the wedding. This way, your home remains at a comfortable temperature.

Make sure to check out rentals & catering.

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Just because you’re having your wedding at home doesn’t mean you can’t use a rental company or caterer to make things easier on you. In fact, the money you’re saving on the wedding venue might allow you some extra cash to spend on these two services. A rental company can provide chairs, tents, tables, and a dance floor.

Caterers will bring the food to you so it’s one less thing to worry about. Choose a caterer that you’ve tried and liked their food. This way, you know what to expect for your wedding day. Many will even serve your guests so you don’t have to manage those fine details throughout your event.

Get the legal stuff sorted.

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Another component of getting married is making sure you have your marriage license and an officiant to marry you and your fiance. If you’re a bit confused about what your marriage license is, it’s a legal document secured by a couple before marriage. Once the license is signed and returned by an officiant in your county, then your marriage is official.

As for an officiant, you just need someone of your choice that’s registered in your county. The good news is this can be a friend, pastor, rabbi, or family member! Whoever you want it to be, just ensure they’ve followed these steps to getting ordained and it will all fall into place.

Book a photographer.

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A photographer is an invaluable part of a wedding. It’s one of the only ways to “see” your big day from an outsider’s perspective. Plus, it’s a great way to look back and reminisce on this day of celebration. Simply go on sites like The Knot to check out different photographers in your specific area. Once you find one that fits your style, give them a call with your wedding date, and get excited about pictures you’ll love to look back at for a lifetime.

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